Tim Petri, FMC Secretary

The Honorable Tim Petri, Secretary, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-2015


U.S. Representative Tom Petri represented Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District for 18 terms until he retired from the House at the end of the 113th Congress (January 2015).  He was a senior member of both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.   In the 113th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and previously served as chair of the Aviation Subcommittee.


Known for his innovative and creative solutions to government problems, Rep. Petri pursued legislative initiatives in several areas, including student loan reform, the federal highway program, cost-sharing for federal water projects, tax and welfare reform, and health care reform.  He also sponsored bipartisan legislation, the Making Work and Marriage Pay Act, which would establish a commission to examine and report to Congress on the disincentives for low-income couples to work and marry created by uncoordinated state and federal social safety net programs.


Petri attended Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and received undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard College.  He served in Somalia as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1965-1966, and then in the White House focusing on anti-drug efforts.  He is married to Anne Neal Petri and has one daughter, Alexandra.